Tadao Ando is the only architect to have won the discipline’s four most prestigious prizes: the Pritzker, Carlsberg, Praemium Imperiale, and Kyoto Prize. Next September, Flammarion will celebrate Ando with the publication of a comprehensive illustrated monograph which covers his impressive career.
Some of the Japanese architect’s most important designs include The Church of the Light in Ibaraki, Osaka, The Pulitzer Arts Foundation, The Langen Foundation and the Lee Ufan Museum among many others.
“In all my works, light is an important controlling factor,” says Ando. “I create enclosed spaces mainly by means of thick concrete walls. The primary reason is to create a place for the individual, a zone for oneself within society. When the external factors of a city’s environment require the wall to be without openings, the interior must be especially full and satisfying.”
Edited and supervised by Frédéric Migayrou, deputy director at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the remarkable volume will showcase previously unpublished material and insight into his inspirations. Ando’s critical essays, pencil drawings and unpublished travel notebooks demonstrate his sharp intelligence as both an architect and a thinker.
A portfolio of Ando’s black and white photographs features alongside a complete biography and chronology of his projects around the world. Also interesting is the list of unrealized projects.
With a preface by Serge Lavisgnes and a foreword by Bernard Blistène, the book is published in partnership with the Centre Pompidou and the Collection Pinault–Paris.